Two San Diego Zoo Gorillas Contract COVID-19; Mink Farms Hit Hard By the Virus

Two San Diego Zoo Gorillas Contract COVID-19; Mink Farms Hit Hard By the Virus

Last week, two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo were infected with COVID-19. An asymptomatic zoo staff member transmitted the disease to them.  So far they are fine.

Why this Matters: The virus can mutate in animals and spread back to humans, producing newer —and potentially deadlier—variants of COVID-19, though this is rare.

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The 15 Minute City of the Future

The 15 Minute City of the Future

When you leave your front door, what can you reach in 15 minutes by foot or bike? A grocery store? A school? A park? That’s the question that many urban planners are using to shape plans for how cities operate in the future. The 15-minute city means designing neighborhoods where everything people need, from housing to dining to cultural institutions, is within that 15-minute radius. 

Why this Matters: It’s a good idea to create neighborhoods that fulfill people’s basic needs so that they won’t have to travel as far to manage their daily lives – especially post-pandemic when more people are likely to work from home. 

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Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can look back on it as a year of extremes when it came to weather, and scientists are predicting that 2021 will likely be the same. They are now increasingly confident of the impact of human-caused climate change on extreme weather.

Why this Matters: More intense and more chaotic weather directly impacts human health and daily life.

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Ensuring Our Natural Security

Ensuring Our Natural Security

by Alejandro Perez, Sr Vice President, Policy and US Government Affairs at WWF-US Over the last year, a previously unknown pathogen jumped from an animal to a person, spread across the globe, claimed well over a million lives and brought national economies to their knees. And yet, as devastating as the pandemic has been, the world […]

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Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new Danish study has found that elevated levels of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals linked to cancer, in the bloodstream are linked to severe COVID-19. The study observed 323 patients infected with the virus and found that those with elevated levels of the […]

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Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Across the country, transit officials are proposing cuts in service after months of decreased ridership because of the pandemic. Boston’s MBTA would stop commuter rail service after 9 p.m. and put its ferry service on hiatus, while Washington DC’s Metro is considering less frequent service. These proposed cuts in […]

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